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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 40}

Week 40 Challenge Word: Light

I had trouble picking our word this week. I was behind, I felt rushed, and just didn’t know where to go. Well, I settled on the word “light.” Then as I began to study light, I got sidetracked (as I often do). I have been contemplating a study for next year, and so I started shopping online for commentaries. Well, I found one I think I would love to have, and as I was looking at the online sample pages, guess what appears? A commentary on light! Hmmm, I guess maybe God was confirming my word I pulled out of the hat for this week. Just love it!

Anyway, something interesting this commentary said is that when God created light, He said, “God saw that the light was good.” However, if you read Genesis 1:3-5, God separates the light from the dark but He never says that the dark was good. I find that very interesting. And if you continue to read in Genesis 1, you will see that God continues to say “God saw that it was good,” as He continues to create everything in, around, and on this earth. This was just a very thought provoking comment to me.

Also, if you read about Jesus’ crucifixion in Matthew 27:45, you see complete darkness came over the land for 3 hours. It was dark because the Light of the World was burying the sin of the world. Darkness came to separate God the Father from God the Son. God could not look at Jesus during that time when He was carrying our sin. Darkness covered Him; there was no light.

As Christians, we are to be light in our dark world today. People around you—neighbors, mothers, fathers, teachers, etc.—need the Lord. They need to see the light. There are simple ways to do this. Share how He has helped you in a difficult circumstance or comforted you in a loss. Take a meal to a new neighbor or family that is welcoming a new baby. Recommend a book that you found helpful. Purchase a Bible for someone and share with them. Offer to carpool children to and from school or after school activities. You will be an influence on those children in your car. Listen to the local Christian radio station even when you have non-believers in your car. There are many ways to share the light of Christ to those around you.

There is a devotional in my Bible that I wanted to share it with you. There is not an author’s name associated with the devotion so I am unable to give credit where credit is due. I hope you enjoy this devotion on light.

Label Your Light (Passage Luke 8:16-18)
You face a choice in life: You can either eliminate the truth or illuminate it. If you want to light the way to Jesus for others, you can begin by evaluating the light you shine. What kind of light are you?

Are you a candle? Do you light the room about you, but are you vulnerable to other influences that might snuff out your flame?

Are you a floodlight? Do you shine so strongly in people’s eyes that they are blinded rather than enable to see?

Are you a flashlight? Do you click on only in emergencies?

Are you a chandelier? Do you shine with beauty and make those around you look better?

What kind of light are you and how can you shine for Jesus more effectively in your world?

Such a great devotion. I pray that you will think about it this week. For my card, I used the fun October kit from Create My Keepsake. Oh goodness, is this kit awesome. Full of gorgeous papers and embellies! And Lisa even included some of the 7Gypsies ATC cards! Thanks Lisa! I chose two scriptures this week. I used one on the front of my card and one on the back. They are:

Isaiah 2:5 ". . . let us walk in the light of the Lord."
Ephesians 5:8 "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light."

I challenge you to be the light in the dark world around you this week. Enjoy, and let that “little light shine.” Blessings,


Anonymous said...

I am not sure where to post this so thought I would leave it here. This is my page for the Scripture Challenge - Week 40 "Light"

Children of the Light

"Kreative Karma" said...

This is the forum area for the challenge, is this what you were talking about?